As you may know, I was recently married to my beautiful wife Zeina.
In fact, this blog is coming to you from the other side of the world as we enjoy our honeymoon.
As much as I was looking forward to an epic five week European adventure, I must admit I was a little bit anxious..
Leaving my gym..
and my routine for five weeks!
All is well… my members are being looked after by the very talented CFV team. Everyone is more motivated than ever, as attendance hits all time highs.
So this leaves me to focus on my training even though my normal routine and schedule is disrupted by travel.
I wanted to write about it for you guys because holidays are an important part of health and wellbeing. They are important for you to relax, learn, experience new things and they DO NOT have to be a negative force on your fitness, strength and physical appearance.
Whilst you may not be as strict as you are when you are at home..
You DO need a holiday training plan.
Here are my tips.
Discuss it with your travel buddy before you leave.
Communicate the importance of training and health to your travel buddies before departing. This will help to establish some expectations about your trip.
Best case scenario is that like you, they also value their health and fitness and therefore will join in on exercise and also understand that indulgence needs to be in moderation. You will be able to keep each other accountable!
Worst case scenario is that your buddy does not value their health and fitness and does not want to exercise, eat healthy, or drink in moderation.
Even if you are in the latter scenario, it is important to let them know how important it is to you and to establish that you will be waking up a little earlier some days for an outdoor training session or jumping into a CrossFit session when the opportunity arises.
It will also help them to understand that you do not wish to be pressured into drinking or eating excessively.
In my case, my wife supports my training goals wholeheartedly and also values health and fitness. This meant that we were able to visit CrossFit gyms together, go for lots of walks and do body weight training when no equipment was available.
This part is fun. It is important to realise that you will not be able to follow a perfectly laid out program whilst travelling, but that you will be able to focus on having fun with variety.
Take advantage of beautiful locations for outdoor sessions.
For example in the Greek Islands
We did beach running, walking and cycling. You would have to be crazy not to enjoy a good long aerobic piece with a backdrop like that!
Hill sprints and stair sprints are also fantastic!
2. Use your body weight
Even with little to no equipment you can get a great weight session done by using your bodyweight for resistance.
Work on your push ups, pull ups, squats, pistol squats, sit ups, lunges and handstands.
Prefer intense CrossFit workouts? this list will keep you busy.
3. Look up the local CrossFit boxes and email them. Once you book in, you will be accountable to showing up.
Not only will you get a great workout, but you will also get to meet other awesome people from the CrossFit community. Normally they will also be more than happy to help you out with the best places to eat and eat during your stay.
We went to Reebok CrossFit Lourve in Paris. I highly recommend it.
We are really looking forward to seeing CrossFit in Lebanon soon and visiting the world class gyms in Dubai.
Food is one of the best parts about travel. Having the opportunity to taste and experience cuisines from all over the world is not something you want to miss out on because you are being too strict with your diet.
It is important to remember though- everything in moderation!
Here are my food tips
- Never have two unhealthy meals in a row. If you have indulged in a delicious but nutritionally poor lunch consisting of pizza and wine, make sure dinner is a balanced meal of good quality protein vegetables and water.
- Hydrate! Start your day with water and take a big bottle with you everywhere you go. Dehydration can often lead to over eating if you mistake thirst for hunger.
- Watch your portions. You will not be training as much as you normally do at home which means you won’t need the same amount of fuel. I get around this by skipping a meal per day.
I would love to hear your fitness hacks for travel. If you have some tips for me, please leave them in the comments.